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ERIC Number: EJ985453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Assessing English Learners' Progress: Longitudinal Invariance of a Standards-Based Classroom Assessment of English Proficiency
Llosa, Lorena
Language Assessment Quarterly, v9 n4 p331-347 2012
Assessing and monitoring student progress is becoming increasingly important in classrooms and for accountability purposes. Yet, in order to interpret changes in assessment results from one year to the next as reflecting differences in underlying ability rather than as variations in the measurement, the assessments used should be measuring the same constructs over time. Gathering evidence of an assessment's longitudinal invariance is particularly important when the assessments used are based on teacher judgments because teacher judgments are often viewed as inconsistent, and different teachers may be involved each year. This study examined the extent to which a standards-based classroom assessment based on teacher judgments measures English proficiency consistently over time by examining its longitudinal invariance using confirmatory factor analysis. Results indicate that the English Language Development Classroom Assessment measures the same overall construct of English proficiency in Grades 2, 3, and 4: Invariance was established for the overall factor structure of the assessment. However, only partial invariance was established for the first- and second-order factor loadings. These findings suggest that, when the focus is overall language proficiency, teacher judgments could be used to make meaningful determinations of student progress from one year to the next. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California